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Attorneys Defending People in Plainville and Bristol Drunk Driving Cases

A momentary lapse in judgment can turn an otherwise ordinary car trip into a disaster with the driver being arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Because a DUI conviction can harm a person’s reputation, relationships, and rights, and may result in significant criminal penalties as well, it is important for people charged with DUI offenses to retain an attorney to protect their rights. If you are faced with accusations that you drove while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Plainville and Bristol DUI attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, can assess the circumstances surrounding your arrest and help you gather the facts and evidence needed to pursue the best legal outcome available. We have over fifty-five years of mutual experience representing DUI defendants in Connecticut, and we will work tirelessly on your behalf.

DUI Charges Under Connecticut Law

Under Connecticut law, two circumstances can lead to a person being charged with operating under the influence, which is typically referred to as a DUI. Specifically, a person can be charged with DUI for driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or higher, or for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A DUI charge that results from a blood or breath test showing a defendant’s blood alcohol content level exceeds the legal range is referred to as a per se violation and generally does not require the prosecution to introduce any other evidence. Charges alleging that the defendant was merely under the influence of alcohol or drugs, however, can be harder to prove as it relies on subjective evidence. A DUI lawyer in Plainville and Bristol may scrutinize the arresting officer’s observation of the defendant’s demeanor, odor, and ability to complete field sobriety tests to contest the charges.

The penalties imposed for a DUI conviction depend on the age of the defendant and the number of times the defendant has previously been convicted of DUI. A first offender may be eligible for the Alcohol Education Program, which, if successfully completed, will result in a dismissal of the DUI charges. For other first time offenders or if the person has already used the Alcohol Education Program, if convicted the defendant may be sentenced to up to six months imprisonment and may face a fine of between $500 and $1,000 and a license suspension for 45 days. If the defendant is over 21 and this is the second DUI offense within ten years of the first offense, the penalty is up to two years in prison with a minimum mandatory sentence of 120 consecutive days, a fine between $1,000 and $4,000. A third or subsequent offense can result in up to three years in prison and a fine of between $2,000 and $8,000. An experienced Plainville and Bristol DUI lawyer can explain the charges and the range of punishment you are facing for your offense. In any arrest of a DUI, a driver’s license suspension and requirement of the installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of time is likely to be required, but may be challenged in an Administrative Hearing. We have represented many clients in these Administrative Hearings.

Speak to a Trusted Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney

A DUI is a serious offense that can lead to the loss of driving rights, fines, and jail time. Therefore, if you are charged with a DUI crime, it is prudent to speak to a DUI attorney to discuss what measures you can take to protect your interests. The trusted attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, are skilled at helping people charged with crimes seek just results and if you engage our services we will advocate aggressively on your behalf. We have an office in Plainville, and we regularly defend people accused of DUI offenses in Plainville and Bristol, and in other cities throughout Connecticut as well, including Southington, Farmington, Hartford, and New Britain. We can be reached at 860-351-3552 or through our form online to schedule a free and confidential meeting with a DUI attorney in Plainville or Bristol to discuss your case.

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